Date: 5 November 2015. Foaming Soap Dispenser (how to)
It's probably been a half dozen
years since I first ran across a foaming soap dispenser. I was
in a Bath and Body Works store with my daughter. She's a fancy girl
and I might be too given a larger budget. However, paying $6 or $8 for
something that smelled a lot like Joy dish detergent wasn't my
thing. I resisted the impulse to buy One More Thing that I didn't
need at a high price.
Often times I do that, especially
with boat gear. With a bit of ingenuity I am able to make do. Plus,
I enjoy the process. Nobody wants to spend perfectly good money.
↑ My low-cost
version of the Lemon scented foaming soap dispenser.
So, back to those fancy soap dispensers. They are lovely. I am not
paying half of a ten-spot for a fancy bit of Joy dish detergent.
That's not going to happen in this lifetime I can assure you.
Joy dish detergent
There are proponents of both
brands. Bruce Van Sant of
The Gentleman's Guide to Passages South and
Tricks of the Trades fame is a proponent of Joy. I'm a Dawn girl. Both
will make suds in salt water so pick the one you prefer.
Dawn will get the grease or
oil off my hands when I'm doing something icky in the bilges.
That said, my friend Kim
recommended a spray of Joy detergent on my potato plants when
I started to get little flies around them. It works! Add some
Joy (10%) to tap water in a sprayer. That's it. You're all
set. Spray on the plant and voila: those itty bitty flies are
↑ This bromeliad
was found on the ground
during a walk at the dog park with Skipper.
The above sprayer is a
container from one of those cheap imitation perfumes sold at
dollar stores. Once emptied, I added a bit of Joy to the bottom.
I then filled the bottle with water.
Spray on plants and the flies
disappear. The soap seems
to have no ill effect on the plants. It's an easy and
inexpensive solution to flies.
Joy has no
effect whatsoever on *noseeums.
*No-see-ums are flying wings
with teeth that bite. Nasty critters, they are. Bats eat them.
Noseeums can fly through your screen without slowing down. They
are dreadful. Noseeums are the reason why I anchor far away from
muddy shore lines where they breed.
Of late those fancy foaming soap dispensers have popped up in the
discount stores. I found mine in Dollar General. For a buck I had a
dispenser that worked great. Until it was empty that is. I'd read on
Pinerest that the dispenser could be refilled.
The "secret" is in
using a small amount of clear liquid soap and a lot of water. You
also need the snazzy dispenser. That fancy top is a required component to success.
Now we can find the foaming
dispensers at discount stores. With the dollar store version of the
container and a couple of ingredients I can have my own version of
the pricy one I yearned for so long ago.
Immediately my mind went back to
the Bath and Body Works lemon-scented fancy gizmo. I had some
leftover Joy from the dish soap my friend Kim gave me to get rid
of the potato flies. Because it smelled lemony, I thought it would
I added about 3/4" of Joy at the
bottom of the emptied dispenser. Filled to the top with water, I now
have my own snazzy lemon scented soap gizmo.
Side Note: The
instructions I read on Pinterest indicated that clear soap
must be used. I have not tried it with Caress body wash which
is opaque. If you try it with something opaque, please do add
a comment below. I like the way Caress soap smells. Thanks. J.
I tell you, the life of decadence is for me. And the dispenser
(filled!) was just a dollar. Refilling probably took less than ten
cents worth of Joy. Mine was free. Thanks Kim!
And that ladies and gents is how
to save money on a boat.
The savings are going to be spent
though, and soon. I've got an upcoming trip to the thrift stores
with Cheryl who cruises onboard a Schucker. You met Cheryl in the
Garbage Bag Solution article.
Life is good.
See you on the waterways, and
Are you a Pinterest fan too?
And have had success making any of the things you've pinned?
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